I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
Probably among the worst of the movies I've ever seen, I feel asleep for about fifteen minutes in the middle of it and didn't miss anything.
We ended up switching to the English dub part way through, which apparently only used one male and one female voice actor, and the hilarity this added to it was the only reason I made it through this.
The fight scenes were amazing. Undeniably, exhilaratingly stellar. The only problem is that all 101 minutes of the film was fighting, and by about 30 minutes in I had had all the fight scenes I could put up with. If this film had had literally any sort of real plot, it would have been much more…
Vi The Raid en el trabajo mientras comía pizza y tenía los pies sobre el escritorio.
Huesos rotos + machetes + golpes en las rodillas + caras de malnacidos + pizza con orilla de queso= 90 minutos de pura diversión.
Y dicen que The Raid 2 está un nivel arriba... a ver.
Hey, do you like not thinking? How about punches that sound like successive bags of flour being dropped? Boy, have I got the flick for you.
100 Movies in 2015: #33
After noticing The Raid 2 was the highest rated action film of 2014 on Letterboxd and having no idea what the first Raid was, I had to check this out. An Indonesian action movie from a Welsh born director who had only made one previous movie, shot on a budget of a million dollars!? Sign me up!
I enjoyed the premise of the movie. Fifteen stories of action between an elite SWAT team and a drug kingpin. It's like a Streets of Rage game put into movie form. As for the rest of the movie, the dialogue is predictable, characters largely forgettable, and 90% of the movie takes place in nondescript "apartments." Finally, the entire…
Generic Summer blockbuster
I.Q. points lost: 100+
I.Q. points lost: 0
With very little dialogue, they establish what the protagonists' only advantage is, almost immediately take it away, and make it so that every single time they pass a door - and they pass a lot of doors - they could be killed without warning.
The action is staged so you can always see what's going on, but more than that, you always know who's who because the good guys are all wearing the same outfit. It's the same thing that lets you know they're vulnerable; if one of them gets killed, they could all get killed, and it's fitting that the leader who sits outside of the pack isn't dressed the same way.
During the time between action scenes, the…
This Indonesian movie was just packed with balls to the wall action, hardly a dull moment from start to finish. The fact that it was a foreign film made it all the better, as personally I didn’t know who the ‘stars’ of the movie were, so it felt like everyone was expendable, and that made it more gripping and tense.
My complaint about the movie is that the plot felt a little ‘action clichéd’ at times, and the English audio dub kind of took me out of the character scenes, but only a little. If I had watch the foreign audio with English subtitle version (Which I prefer for foreign movies) then this wouldn’t have been a problem. And seriously,…
I can't decide if this or The Raid 2 is better. Initially, I thought The Raid 2 had better choreography but was too plotty, whereas this film moved at a tighter pace. I'm certain I still feel this way, but regardless they're both amazing action films. This is easily one of the best action movies of the last several decades,
some of the fights where just way to long.
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